Synopsis: Danny Hawkins, who lives in a psychological shadow because his father died by a hangman's noose, accidentally kills a man in a fight over a girl, Gilly Johnson, and is afraid to notify the police. He wins the love of the girl but when she tries to influence him to admit his guilt, he runs away.
Director(s): Frank Borzage
Production: Republic
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

# Danny Hawkins' dad was hanged!

Danny Hawkins' dad was hanged! #

Fight! Jerry Sykes is fighting

Danny Hawkins! Jerry's got him down!

# Danny Hawkins' dad was hanged!

# Danny Hawkins' dad was hanged! #

Attaboy, Jerry.

Jerry Sykes sure can fight.

Danny's no better than his old man.

Got a present for you, Danny!

Danny Hawkins' dad was hanged!

Danny Hawkins' dad was hanged!

What do you want, Jerry?

I came here to dance.

Well, quit

dancing with Gilly Johnson!

I told you three months ago

she's out of your class.

You've pestered her ever since.

You're a drunk. No wonder Gilly

walked away on the dance floor.

You're out of line, Hawkins.

You're just ripe for

another beating.

- and I'm just ready to give it to you.

- Shut up, Jerry!

The killer blood, huh?

Did your old man have time to tell you...

how it feels to drop six feet

at the end of a rope?!

Had enough?

You had enough?



I thought someone was coming!

Come on, sugar.

I've gotta get back to the band.

Come on, Billy. He's coming over.

- Come on.

- Attaboy. Here, Billy.

That's it. Come on.

Isn't that pretty, Billy. Nice, huh?

Take it, go on.

- Come on, Billy.

- Once more.

Come on. Come on.


What's the matter with you?

Who does he think he is?

Hey, what's the big idea? That's mine!

Yeah, that's Janey's mirror!

- Get off...!

- Lay off!

Just because he's deaf and dumb.

don't give you the right to make fun of him.

- Why don't you mind...?

- Lay off him!

Forget it, George. He looks like

he's had enough fights tonight.

How long've you been

standing there, Billy?


Must be nuts!

Talk about dummy.

Lose your girl, Danny?

Hi, Ken.

How about a game later?

- Just the usual.

- Some of the boys are staying.

The Brothers Pond

bourbon and poker club.

Not me, I can't afford

that kind of poker.

# It just dawned on me

# That there's magic in the moonrise

# It just dawned on me

# When we found our love at moonrise

# A serenade of silver strings

# From dreamy violins... #

Cutting in.

#... Turns winter into summer

# All at once

# My life begins

# It just dawned on me... #

You're not very courteous.

#... The night is filled with romance

# Let's give love a chance

# We must never let it pass us by

# Two hearts will sing in harmony

# Just like a symphony... #

What's come over you?

You're not dancing with

anyone else tonight, Gilly.


I'm a schoolteacher. I can't afford to fight

with you here in front of everybody.

I even stopped dancing with

Jerry because he'd been drinking.

Jimmy Biff's got his old man's

car outside. You're coming with us.

I'm certainly not.

Or I'll carry you out.

Take it easy, Dan.

This stuff is slippery.

Don't be such an old

cross pants, Jimmy!

Golly, do we have to go so fast?!

My old man will murder me

if anything happens to his car.

Danny, please?

What's the matter? You look scared.

I was just thinking about

a little boy in one of my classes.

School's out now.

- All the kids pick on him.

- Yeah?

Give him milk, he breaks the glass.

Hand him a toy, he smashes it.

He gives me a...

He gives me a lot of trouble.

- You don't like him?

- You know how it is with a teacher, Danny.

Even if I hated him, I'd have to hide

my feelings and try not to hurt him.

You see, Dan, he's unhappy.

You just can't hurt a little boy.

Golly, Dan, you're going too fast!

If we start skidding,

we'll never know what we hit.

Slow down, for God's sake!

Stop worrying about your old man.

I'm not worried about nothing but us.

Cool her down, will you, Dan?

For God's sakes!

Be careful, Dan.

That underpass is right ahead.

Look out, Dan! Look out!




It's all right, Dan.

# Work through the sunny noon

# Fill brightest hours with labour

# Rest comes sure and soon

# Give every flying minute

# Something to keep in store... #


- Yes, Aunt Jessie?

- It's late.

I was out at the Blackwater.

It's near time for hunting.

Did you hear anything

from the railroad?

I'll be on lay-off

for another three weeks.

Why, are you worried

about your room rent?

Come here, Daniel.

A man needs something

to keep him busy.

Keep him out of mischief.

I guess I don't know

very much about boys, Daniel.

Ever since Grandma sent you to me

from the hills to go to school, I...

I tried my best, but...


It isn't good for you

never to have known your own...

own pa and ma.

Why don't you say it?

About Pa shooting a man

and getting hung for it.

It's something

I've never talked about.

What are you trying to say,

Aunt Jessie?

Jimmy Biff's father spoke

to me after church tonight.

He said the car last night

was your fault.

Yours and that schoolteacher's.

What about her?

If she can't handle young people

a little better than that,

she wouldn't make

a very good schoolteacher.

I know you're not a bad boy, Daniel.

In spite of what happened a long time ago

there's never been a drop of bad blood

in our family.

You couldn't help but be a good boy.

That's what I told Walter Biff.

That's right nice of you,

Aunt Jessie.

After this, let's...

let's talk together...

a little more often.

We'll talk.

Kiss me goodnight, Daniel.



- You all right?

- I'm all right.

You don't sound very happy.

Should I be?

I called Julie's house this morning.

Her mother wouldn't talk to me.

The kids are OK.

The doc says it's just shock.

Everbody's blaming me for the wreck.

A schoolteacher and I let it happen.

Anybody can have an accident.

An accident?

Are you always like that

when you're drunk?

Like what?


Like you had nothing

but hate in you.

You were scared.

It was as though you wanted to

kill yourself, kill all of us.


People should understand each other.


parties that are in love.

In love?

You're out of your mind!

What was between you

and Jerry Sykes?

I don't think that's

any of your business.

The way I figure it, you're

just a girl from the sticks.

You worked harder than everyone

and went to college and now you're

looking for someone like Jerry.

Jerry's a nice boy.

Last night he asked me to marry him.

- You said yes!

- Of course I said yes.

And because I went home with you,

he hasn't called me today.

Good evening, young folks.

Good evening, Miss Simpkins.

Didn't expect to see you

up and about, Daniel.

I'm all right, I reckon.

Try to come to church

next Sunday, Daniel.

It'll do you a heap more good

than those dances at Brothers Pond.

Good night.

Good night?

- Good night!

- Gilly.

Gilly, I...

I'm gonna sit on the porch with you

for a while.

Last night, I kissed you.

Dan, please go.

Don't touch me.

Don't you see or care?

If this goes on, I'll lose my job.

Is that all you're afraid of?


Dan, let go!



- Dan, what am I going to do?

- Gilly...

This is all I want.

To the devil with everything else!



I want to make you happy,

not hurt you.

What am I going to tell Jerry?

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Charles F. Haas

Charles Friedman Haas (November 15, 1913 – May 12, 2011) was an American film and television director. He was born in Chicago, Illinois. He began his career at Universal Studios in the mid-1930s, becoming assistant director and eventually a director of non-dramatic films. He turned to television in the 1950s, and during this period had a brief stint directing low-budget films. Ultimately, however, he settled in television, directing episodes of such popular series as Bonanza, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The Outer Limits, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. more…

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